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Berkeley City Council passes resolution to StandupforTibet
by Tenzin Mingyur, Noah Sochet.
Thursday Feb 2nd, 2012 4:51 PM
Berkeley City Council passes resolution in support of Tibet on eve of China’s Vice-President Xi Jinping’s trip to California.
Media Coordinator : Tenzin Wangmo, 510-682-9024
Authors of the resolution : Tenzin Paldron (PhD Student, Department of Rhetoric at U.C. Berkeley): 510-325-6545, Noah Sochet (Berkeley Peace and Justice Commissioner): 510-898-1583

Berkeley, CA - The Berkeley City Council unanimously passed a resolution proposed by two local residents Tuesday night. The resolution recognizes the immeasurable sacrifice of Tibetans who have self-immolated in protest of Chinese political suppression, calling for Tibetan freedom and the return of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. TIME magazine labeled the current crisis in eastern Tibet the #1 Under-reported Story of 2011, as 17 Tibetans have self-immolated since February 2009, 16 of them in the past year alone.

U.C. Berkeley PhD student Tenzin Mingyur Paldron co-wrote the resolution with Noah Sochet of the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission. Sochet and Paldron originally met in college while working towards anti-war efforts and LGBTQ rights. Their friendship and shared commitment to anti-occupation organizing led to the resolution, with the goal of drawing attention to and sparking dialogue around the immolations.

“Hearing about the immolations filled me with a kind of pain and sorrow I had never before felt as a Tibetan,” says Paldron. “At the same time, these acts are an incredible expression of will and determination, and I believe in their wake something new is being constructed for the Tibetan people, both in China-occupied Tibet and in diaspora.”

The resolution by the City Council “recognizes these acts of self-immolation by the Tibetan people as a reflection of the extremely repressive conditions to which the Tibetans are subjected.” Citing the Arab Spring and anti-Vietnam War movement, it notes that “self-immolation has presented a critical means of political expression in atmospheres of severe political and social repression.”

Representatives from the Tibetan Association of Northern California, the San Francisco Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Bay Area Students for a Free Tibet spoke in support of the resolution on behalf of the estimated 3,500 Tibetan-Americans currently residing in the Bay Area.

“I've been profoundly moved by the self-immolations in Tibet, and am proud to say that my community stands in solidarity with the Tibetan people,” says Sochet. “As Tibetans inside Tibet take brave and unprecedented measures to shine light on the intense suppression they face, Berkeley takes notice and pledges to stand up for Tibet. I know that many communities will follow.”

The full transcript of the resolution can be viewed here :

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by crustyrusty
Thursday Feb 2nd, 2012 9:40 PM
see subject line.
by US Imperialists out of China
Friday Feb 3rd, 2012 8:21 AM
This action on the part of the Democrats sitting at the Berkeley City Council is despicable. They want the return of the CIA agent Dalai Lama to Tibet, making things worse. China is just another capitalist country, since 1986, and its province Tibet, part of China for over 700 years, is rich in oil and other minerals, which is why US imperialists, Democrats & Republicans together, want to promote its separation from China. See:

Oil in Tibet: "The Tibet Card" by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, 3/27/08 at
(Oil, gold, uranium and cooper in Tibet)
Alexander’s Gas and Oil Connections, 11/11/04, “Qiangtang Basin in Tibet estimated to Hold Oil and Gas Reserves

Dalai Lama and the Nazis:
Nazi Bruno Beger:
Nazi Heinrich Harrer:

The Making of Modern Tibet by A. Tom Grunfeld (1996) ISBN 1-56324-714-3.

When the Serfs Stood Up in Tibet by Anna Louise Strong (1959, 2008)

Statement Opposing Anti-China Campaign, 4/8/08

"China, Tibet and US sponsored counterrevolution" of 4/1/08, at

“Behind the Anti-China Olympics Campaign” by Gary Wilson, 3/27/08:

“Reporters Without Borders Unmasked” by Diana Barahona, 5/17/05, Counterpunch:

Tibet, the ‘Great Game” and the CIA” by Richard Bennett, 3/25/08, at:

"China, Tibet and the Propaganda Olympics" by William Blum in 3/29-30/08 Counterpunch at:

"Democratic Imperialism:" Tibet, China and the National Endowment for Democracy by Michael Barker, 8/13/07 at:

"Human Rights and Media Manipulation" by Michael Barker, 3/29/08 at

"Hijacking Human Rights" by Michael Barker, 8/3/07 at

"The Myths of 'Democracy Assistance'" US Political Intervention in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe" (on CIA-National Endowment for Democracy) by Gerald Sussman, Monthly Review, Dec 2006 at

"Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth" by Michael Parenti, January 2007 at:

"The CIA's Secret War in Tibet" by Paul Salopek, 1/6/97 at

"The Dalai Lama, Slick Denials and the CIA” by Loren Coleman from Popular Alienation: A Steamshovel Press Reader at

Tibet—Its Ownership and Human Rights Situation, Table of Contents, at:

Ownership of Tibet (For over 700 years, Tibet is part of China; Dalai Lama Lhamo Toinzhub,)

Feudal Serfdom in Old Tibet:;

The Dalai Clique’s Separatist Activities and the Central Government Policy:

Origins of So-Called “Tibetan Independence:”

Economic Development and Improvement of Living Standards:

Development of Education and Culture:

People’s Health and Demographic Growth: (Lifespan was 36 years in old Tibet):
which states, among other things:
"On the question of the size of the Tibetan population, the Dalai clique has spread many rumors. The most sensational was that more than 1.2 million people were killed after the peaceful liberation of Tibet. In 1953, the Tibetan local government under the Dalai Lama reported the population stood at 1 million people. If 1.2 million inhabitants had been massacred, it would have been a case of genocide and certainly the population in Tibet could not have increased to the present 2 million."

Special State Aid for Tibet’s Development:
by Jim Harris
Monday Feb 6th, 2012 1:23 PM
Though there are some really good people on the Peace and Justice commission, not all of them would give support for the Palestinian liberation movement. One commissioner, Wendy Kenin, appointed by Kriss Worthington is a case in point. Wendy is progressive on many issues, but on the issue of Israel, she supports the preservation of the Israeli apartheid system. This is not surprising. She was, after all, a paid employee of the anti-Palestinian lobby. She was, up until recently, the regional executive director of the America-Israel Friendship League. That name sounds nice, but its actual activities are basically to give US support for the worst of Israeli policies. She will not be alone in blocking any mention of justice for Palestinians from passing in the Peace and Justice Commission.